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Carers UK Forum • SUMMIT
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SUMMIT

Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 11:29 pm
by jojo
Thank you to all at Carers UK for a very worthwhile, well-organised, and successful

event in sumptuous surroundings. I enjoyed it immensely and it gave us the opportunity to meet

each other and voice our opinions. A very enjoyable day. Image

Summit of Hampstead Heath

Posted: Thu Nov 08, 2007 11:55 pm
by Scally
The Carers Summit, organised by Carers UK, will see some 250 carers from throughout the UK .....
Lets take a calm step back and look through the hype. This was supposed to be the biggest event ever organised by Carers UK, yet was attended by a mere 250 carers in the stage managed corporate surroundings of Canary Wharf. Big deal.
I help organise two or three carers events in the West of Scotland each year, - see http://www.downswest.org.uk - and usually reckon on at least 200 folk turning up. We always provide a decent lunch, and its also free. I don't get paid, it takes a few evenings work to stuff the envelopes and sort out the venue and catering. Yet for some reason Carers UK staff think this is some kind of mega undertaking. It isn't. It's easy. And as usual, most of the folk attending were Londoners, unless I am sadly mistaken.
I would be MUCH more impressed if the event was organised to attract 1,000+ carers and if it was moved around the UK rather than being set up in Carers UK London HQ backyard every year as a nice public relations event. If Carers UK is a truly UK organisation, then it should move the AGM around the UK. Hate to be negative, but I sense a serious lack of ambition here: it's easy to catch the low hanging fruit, but why not take a few risks next year and aim higher?

As I understand it, Excalibur,

Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2007 5:18 am
by charles47
As I understand it, Excalibur, there were people from Stockport, Buxton, Devon and even further afield. While any national event is always going to attract people living more locally to the event venue, there is the tiny matter of cost.

The reason the venue was chosen was because it was donated.

Any national event with a relatively small membership base is going to struggle to get beyond 2-300 people: and although I agree that it should be moved around outside of London, I have to admit that my experiences elsewhere show that turnout drops in locations outside of the capital. Even so, it is important to give as many carers as possible the opportunity to get to an event nearer to them.

And organising an event such as this one is less easy than you'd think - try getting even one MP along, let alone TWO government ministers...

Hi, Carers UK have organised a

Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2007 10:07 am
by Guest
Hi,

Carers UK have organised a series of similar events over the summer/autumn around the UK . I was involved in the ones in England - Birmingham and Manchester - we invited Ministers to attend, but circumstances got the better of us with the events following a change in Ministers following Gordon brown becoming Prime Minister.

There is an event organised by Carers Scotland on 5th December. More information here
http://www.carersuk.org/Getinvolved/Nat ... rsUKevents

NEW LOCATION

Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2007 1:26 pm
by g.herschel
i work with WAR WIDOWS ASSOCIATION and A.T.S. W.R.A.C. and EX PRISONER OF WAR ASSOCIATION the ladies change location every year and never have problems with members turning up however the p.o.w`s most of the membership is in and around London so they stay at same location every year HAYLING ISLAND and it costs us geordie`s a fortune to attend .

excalibur would love to attend if you have another meeting north of Hadrians wall

george

Scotland events

Posted: Sat Nov 10, 2007 1:12 am
by Scally

There is an event organised by Carers Scotland on 5th December. More information here
http://www.carersuk.org/Getinvolved/Nat ... rsUKevents
I'll be there. Its a £1 bus ride, which helps. But I expect I'll be leaving a wee bit early to pick up my son from school, as per usual.
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